By including Tolkien in this series, the publishers in effect are placing him alongside some of the great writers and key genres in English literature.
But does Tolkien deserve this?
Thursday, October 30. 3:30pm. The Beacon. Tickets: £6
The talk will outline Tolkien’s contributions not only as a writer and critic of fantasy literature, but also his contributions to academic studies, taking in (along the way) the process of putting together such a major piece of work as a Literary Companion.
Tolkien’s major works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion – will be discussed but also his lesser known works, and posthumous publications such as the recent translation of Beowulf (published earlier this year).
Stuart is a medievalist by training, specialising in old English which he has taught for over 25 years. He has also published a book on the poets of the First World War. His contributions to Tolkien include The Keys of Middle-earth (a joint publication with Elizabeth Solopova, currently due for a 2nd edition in 2015), several academic articles. He is also a published playwright having won several awards and seen many plays produced locally and nationally.